Accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science
A firm basis for a career as a clinical scientist in NHS hospitals, community-based practice and also related research areas
Continue working within the NHS while you complete part-time academic study
Research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions (most recent REF, 2014)
Course outline and modules
The Department of Health has introduced a new career pathway for Healthcare Scientists. Students are employed within NHS Departments and released to undertake academic study.
This includes clinical science training to provide an appropriately trained workforce to work in the NHS. This requires the education and training of practitioners in the division of neurosensory science. This division is made up of 3 pathways:
- Ophthalmic & Vision Sciences.
Students undertake common learning throughout the programme but also have specialist topics in year two and three.
- First year modules
- Introduction to Healthcare Science (15 credits)
- Professional Practice (15 credits)
- Introduction to Neurosensory Sciences (15 credits)
- Clinical Science (15 credits)
- Second year modules
- Research Methods (10 credits)
- Evidence Based Practice (10 credits)
- Research Project I (20 credits)
- Audiology pathway: Adult Rehabilitation (20 credits)
- Neurophysiology pathway:Evoked Potentials (20 credits)
- Vision Science pathway:Ophthalmic & Vision Science (20 credits)
- Third year module (Neurophysiology pathway only)
- Neurophysiology pathway: Neurophysiology Practice (30 credits)
- Audiology pathway: Specialist Audiological Assessment and Management (30 credits)
- Vision Science pathway: Ophthalmic & Vision Science II (30 credits)
- Research Project II (30 credits)
Key information, entry requirements and fees
Mode of delivery: Part-time, blended learning. Students are employed within NHS Departments and released to undertake academic study. All teaching and learning materials are hosted online. You will attend on-campus teaching for:
- First year: three weeks in term 1, three days in term 2, three days in term 3
- Second year: one week in term 1, three days in term 2, three days in term 3
- Final year: one week in term 1, three days in term 2, three days in term 3
Criminal Records Check (DBS) & Fitness to Practise information:
Students enrolling onto this course will be required to undertake an Enhanced Level Criminal Records Bureau check (known as a DBS check).
In line with national requirements for courses leading to a health professional qualification, this course is also subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations.
Entry requirements are set by the NHS. Applicants must possess a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a life Sciences based subject e.g.
- pharmaceutical technology,
- chemical engineering,
- physical science subject
For applicants who obtained their degree outside the UK, the degree/qualification must be deemed to be at least of equivalent standing. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students’ undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage. The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.
Duration: 3 years
Start dates: September
Intake: Approximately 20 students per year
Fees: This course is funded by the NHS.
How to apply:
Applications are made to the NHS. Information and applications for the Scientist Training Programme (STP) are available on the NHS Careers website. Once you have been selected by the NHS to take this course you will be required to complete an Aston University online application form.
This course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science.
Learning, teaching, assessment and staff
The majority of the teaching and learning material is delivered online via a virtual learning environment (known as Blackboard). You will be provided with a study guide for each module which ensures that you are aware of what material needs covering when. The first year is mostly assessed via coursework, so you are able to benchmark your abilities early on and to develop your skills in managing your own learning.
In the second and third years of the course you will undertake a research project, with an associated research methods module to develop your skills in this area.
You are on campus for short periods each term where you have the opportunity to participate in group activities, tutorials, skills laboratories and seminars.
Course director: Wahid Zaman
Your future career prospects
This course sits within the Department of Health’s vision for the Healthcare Science workforce. The aim is to develop practitioners who can improve the scientific profile within healthcare and who have the requisite skills to enhance both the diagnosis and treatment of patients in the NHS.
The ageing population means that demand for assessment and treatment services is set to rise substantially over the coming years. Our graduates will be well placed to enter careers in hospitals, community-based practice and also related research areas. Previous graduates have become advanced practitioners or gone on to lead a section of service.
The programme is designed to formally meet the requirements of the NHS and builds on Aston’s established links and extensive experience of health education.
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